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April 2010 Blog Posts (10)

Don't go into the kitchen!

Last night we attended the Untours dinner at Le Navigator restaurant. While leaving we saw the two German Shepherd dogs sitting there in an alcove looking as innocent as can be. As I started to go by, they both showed their teeth and growled. That's when i realized that we were going into the kitchen instead of towards the exit. I have a short video of the incident. I will have to post it when… Continue

Added by Bill Kover on April 30, 2010 at 1:00am — No Comments

Hosting an Exchange Student

There are many common threads which seem to connect us as "Untourists". Our love of travel and discovering new and exciting culture as well as the bonds we make with fellow travelers, Untours staff, and the wonderful people in the countries we visit. It also seems as though we are appreciative of the many opportunities afforded us through travel. Whether it be the outpouring of love to hosts who have left us, respect and admiration of… Continue

Added by Tom Haas on April 29, 2010 at 7:23pm — No Comments

Parisian tomatoes

Tomatoes taste like tomatoes here! A sweet deep tomato taste. Long lost taste buds are being activated in my mouth. I'm beginning to think that everything in the States is stamped, sealed and spray painted before coming out on a conveyor belt from a cork factory. Salad isn't just salad here. It's culinary experience that takes your taste buds on a roller coaster ride.

Added by Bill Kover on April 29, 2010 at 6:14am — No Comments

"I was blinded!"

After our arrival at Charles de Gaulle Airport on Wednesday, we were greeted by Jennifer, the Untours representative. After handing over our Metro tickets , museum passes, etc., our luggage was loaded into a van by our driver, Eddie. He is just 21 years old, and an expert driving the Paris streets. On the way into Paris, he was stopped by the police. The street he turned into is reserved for taxis only. He is licensed as a taxi, but his car didn’t look like a taxi. After showing the necessary… Continue

Added by Bill Kover on April 26, 2010 at 11:30am — No Comments

An Untours' moment. Our reunion with Houcine.


Added by Bill Kover on April 25, 2010 at 12:54pm — No Comments

Venice...The Dream Continues

Yes, I went to Venice again, this time on my own since my Untours plans were cancelled this year. I couldn't stand not going and a friend said she would be there in March, then another, then another. I made my own arrangements and stayed in an apartment only a very short walk from the Casino apartment where I stayed in the fall of 2008. Even Atilla the local cat seemed to remember me when I called him by name. This is just a short note because I'm trying to post some of my favorite…


Added by Michelle Vaden on April 24, 2010 at 8:05pm — No Comments

Gigli Eats a Bit of Crow

Some of you know that I am not much of a

Francophile. I don't know why. I have French ancestors, a French name,

and I have had some great excursions to Province, Grenoble, Lyon, and

Normandy. Regardless of this, I have never had an urge to see Paris. I

have often disparaged the city as sidewalks covered with dog poopage,

surly people, French snobs, etc.

It was a source of conflict for me when two of my grandchildren wanted to…

Added by Vance Roy on April 19, 2010 at 2:06am — No Comments

Home again, home again, jiggety jog

The whole trip was amazing. Although we're glad to be back at home-sweet-home, I could easily have spent another week in the beautiful and fascinating Dordogne area. Although, if we had, we would have run straight into the Volcanic ash problem...

I'm still sorting through the hundreds of photos we took and will be posting them, and more details of our trip, over the next few weeks. I have put up one album about a very special little spot we found through the… Continue

Added by Rosann Hickey on April 16, 2010 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Birthday in Paris

During our Untours visit in May I will celebrate my 67th birthday. To celebrate we will have dinner at the Eiffel Tower restaurant on the first level as the restaurant on the second level is 'way too expensive.
Both are run by the same chef. I was pleasantly surprised to be able to make online reservations for both lift tickets and the restaurant from home. Rick Steves says you do not need lift tickets if you have dinner reservations, but I was afraid we would not be able to go to the…

Added by Charles Faulkner on April 14, 2010 at 4:16pm — No Comments

Wildflowers From Magisalp Trail

There have been some discussions of wildflowers in the May/June time frame. Here is a photo taken in May from the trail down from Magisalp. I am in the process of making a small quilt, painting the scene on white background fabric, using the photo as a guide. So far, so good.

The flowers may appear to be dandelions, but they are what makes the cheese and schlag taste so good.

So, for any of you on the fence--make your reservations now! May in the Heartland or…


Added by Joan and Bruce on April 6, 2010 at 4:56pm — No Comments

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